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14 September 2009

Political correctness: Cartier provides a new gold standard

Author: Nicola Copping, FT

The ethical practices that the diamond industry has been obliged to apply are steadily being extended to the gold industry...In July [Cartier (part of Richemont)] announced that it had started sourcing gold from a new mining operation in Honduras,...

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17 November 2008

Burmese ruby ban likely to be undermined

Author: Raphael Minder, Financial Times

In theory, the [US] ban [on Burmese rubies]...should have a significant impact on the trade in gemstones, particularly rubies, since Burma is the world’s largest producer. In practice, however, some jewellers and traders see Washington’s clampdown as...

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1 July 2008

Burma’s Gem Trade and Human Rights Abuses

Author: Human Rights Watch

Burma produces a variety of gems but is most famous for its rubies and jade... In addition, Burma produces and exports a variety of other precious and semi-precious stones, including sapphires and spinel... [The] beauty of Burmese gems is marred by...

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19 March 2008

Thailand’s Business Plan for Burma

Author: Wai Moe, Irrawaddy

Thailand’s main information technology and service company, Loxley...plans to launch the first convenience store in Burma in partnership with one of the Burmese junta’s cronies, Dagon Win Aung, according to a report in the Bangkok Post...A recent.....

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11 March 2008

Who's Buying Burma's Gems

Author: Danna Harman, Christian Science Monitor

Over the past five days, jade, rubies, sapphires, and close to $150 million have passed hands here, according to the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd., the consortium that dominates Burma's gemstone trade and is owned by the defense ministry and...

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1 January 2008

Burma: Human Rights Watch says sales of gems "fund military repression" - calls for boycott

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1 January 2008

Burma’s Gem Trade and Human Rights Abuses

Author: Human Rights Watch

Burma produces the vast majority of high-quality rubies on the world market... It is also the top global producer of jade... Burma’s gem mines are ruled with an iron hand by military authorities and mining companies. Deplorable conditions at the mines...

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24 December 2007

Toiling for scraps in Myanmar's mines

Author: Paul Watson, Los Angeles Times

Children barely big enough to swirl the heavy slurry toil alongside men and women, doing backbreaking work that exposes them to toxic mercury. Every few minutes, they pause and tilt their dripping pans to catch the sunlight, hoping for the glint from...

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12 November 2007

Burma: Gem Trade Bolsters Military Regime, Fuels Atrocities

Author: Human Rights Watch

China, Thailand, the United States, and other countries should completely block the purchase of gems from Burma that help finance military abuses there... The state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise said it generated sales of nearly US$300 million in fiscal...

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26 October 2007

Burma junta’s exports lose sparkle

Author: Amy Kazmin, Financial Times

Burma’s...rubies, jade and other gemstones...have...been a key source of foreign exchange for a cash-starved junta... [E]xecutives at Cartier [part of Richemont]..., [recently told] their cut-stone suppliers that they would not buy any more gems mined...

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